A busy April…

So I came third in the Poetry Rivals final – THIRD. Oh yes! I got a cheque and everything. But it didn’t really matter if I placed or not, because before I went I tried the poem out on various people, got at least two of them weeping and caused an epiphany in the heart of a gruff Northern bastard: “so THAT’S what poetry is FOR” he said/snuffled into his pint. Yes. It didn’t matter where I came – POETRY WON.

Then away to Manchester, to see if they’d let me on the Creative Writing MA. They will! Brilliant. So now I have to find some cash and some time to sort that out… but I have til Sept 2014, so I’m sure it will be fine. Totally, totally fine. (I’ve also discovered there is such a thing as a Practice Based PhD. Watch out academia – I’ve fancied you for a long time. And Dr. Fleming has a lovely ring to it, non? It’ll only take me what, a decade or so? *coughs*)


The Family Plot premiered at the Poetry Café on the 25th April and plays again with some line up changes on 30th May at The Harrison and 20th June at The October Gallery. More details are here on the official Future Perfect pages. We’re also playing the Camden Fringe with an abridged version of the show on the 5th and 6th of August, watch the Gigs page for further info.

Speaking of Camden – Not The Brontës are back with our second show, Truly Madly Keighley, as part of the Camden Fringe this August. We’re at the same venue – upstairs at the Camden Head – 25th August, 8pm. Get it in your diary! You can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with our preparations. Our first planning meeting went well (the Jägerbombs and chicken goujons helped of course) and I am so excited about the material we have lined up – Sal’s working on some fab new songs and Pol’s excelled herself in the short story stakes – now I just have to get myself together! I’ll let you guys know how that goes…

Peace out,


Em X